Reimagining the Black Leather Jacket for Barneys New York
The return of Barneys New York to its original location at Seventh Avenue and 17th Street has been heralded as a homecoming, the return of a neighborhood anchor. In celebration of the opening, Barneys is launching “The Black Leather Jacket” project, to benefit the art gallery White Columns and the LGBT Center. The department store took top designers and artists (including Alaïa, Alexander Wang, Dries Van Noten, Marilyn Minter and Nate Lowman) to task, asking them to reimagine classic leather motorcycle jackets. Van Noten’s design, covered in French tourism patches and pins, is an “homage to Paris, a city we all feel very close to,” he says. Minter’s jacket shows a closeup of pursed lips on the back, with her last name emblazoned like a football jersey across the shoulders. “I’ve worn leather jackets all my life, and when I was a punk I thought it just looked cool,” she said. The 23 jackets will be auctioned off on Christies.com from March 1st-22nd, with all proceeds going towards the two nonprofit organizations. Here, a preview.